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National Gallery of Canada

380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4 , Canada (Byward Market Area)
613-990-1985
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Ottawa City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
90%
Ranked #8 of 148 Attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: Dating back to 1880, this visual arts museum holds in trust a collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photos.
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New York City, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Gorgeous building, unparalleled collection of Canadian art, good family programming and definitely worth seeing while in Ottawa.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Visited the Gallery on our 2 day trip to Ottawa from London Ontario. I've traveled all over the world and have visited many Museums and Galleries. This Gallery by far was one of the best. The art selections were vast and amazing. The layout of the Gallery makes it easy for you to experience it with a convenient flow. If... More

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Ontario, Canada
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The focus of our visit this time was the Jack Bush Retrospective (the artist is my father's husband). Were disappointed not to have time to see more, but we'll be back. The retrospective is wonderful and covers the many aspects of his career as a commercial artist and fine artist. It is very colourful and will help brighten patrons' days... More

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Ancaster, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Way too much to see in 1 day. Next time I might try a guided tour. Plan to spend the whole day there.

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Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Constant interruptions by security about camera use etc. made my visits here intolerable. I feel that as a Canadian taxpayer, I own the art in this facility and I don't want my visit hampered by Draconian security guards paying far too much attention to photography and not enough attention to guest comforts. The gift shop here is a great place... More

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Beyond listening to the docent give a 10 minutes talk, I had a great chat with her after on specific points of the artist and his school and era, which she enjoyed just as much as I did. A wealth of knowledge in those docents, make the most of them!

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

A shirt walk from Parliament Hill close to the market and cathedral. A spacious and well proportioned building with some interesting design features of its own houses a variety of different exhibitions both Canadian and from abroad. Well worth a visit.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

There is nothing like seeing original art. Nothing, but viewing in person, does it, or you, justice. Do yourself the favour of seeing the works housed here.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Full disclosure, I love this place so much that I have a membership so I can go when I want. Take a look at the special events coming up; there are several this season that promise to be very interesting. Don't forget to walk around outside, Maman is just outside the front door but there is more to see on... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The National Gallery of Canada, located on Sussex Drive in the capital city Ottawa, Ontario, is one of Canada's premier art galleries. The building was designed by Moshe Safdie and opened in 1988. The Gallery is now housed in a glass and granite building with a notable view of the Canadian Parliament buildings on Parliament Hill. The Gallery, is one... More

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